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    1. Babies Born Even Slightly Early May Lag Behind

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- Many women choose to have labor induced or to have an elective Cesarean delivery before the full term of their pregnancy is up, but a new study suggests their child's development may suffer if they are born even a little ear

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    2. 4 in 10 Babies Given Solid Foods Too Early: Study

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Child development experts advise parents not to introduce solid foods, such as baby cereal, into an infant's diet until the infant is at least 4 to 6 months old. However, new research suggests that about 40 percent of parents a

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    3. Birth Rate in 2011 Lowest Ever Reported in U.S.

      Feb. 11, 2013 -- The U.S. birth rate in 2011 was the lowest rate ever reported for the United States, a new study shows. The rate, which is live births per 1,000 women, dropped from 13.0 in 2010 to 12.7 in 2011. In 1950, the rate was 24.1. Overall, there were 1% fewer children born in the U.S. in 20

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    4. Depressed Dads Affect Their Kids Even Before Born

      Jan. 7, 2013 -- Children whose dads were depressed during the pregnancy are more likely to exhibit emotional and behavioral problems at age 3, new research suggests. The finding comes from an ongoing study of more than 30,000 Norwegian children. When their mothers were nearly halfway through their p

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    5. Feds Sue Nap Nanny Maker Over Infant Deaths

      Dec. 6, 2012 -- Federal authorities are taking the makers of the Nap Nanny to court for failing to voluntarily recall its product. At least five infant deaths and more than 70 complaints of children falling out of the Nap Nanny baby recliner have been reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commissi

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    6. 13 Infant Deaths Tied to Sleep Positioners

      Nov. 21, 2012 -- A product marketed to help keep babies safe while they sleep may have the opposite effect. At least 13 infants have died since 1997 while lying in sleep positioners or sleep wedges, a new CDC report shows. The products often claim to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (

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    7. Teen Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

      Oct. 3, 2012 -- U.S. birth rates are continuing their decline and dropped to just under 4 million births in 2011, according to new CDC statistics. The report also shows that the general fertility rate, or average number of births per 1,000 women of childbearing age, dropped to the lowest level ever

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    8. FDA to Parents: Don't Give SimplyThick to Infants

      Sept. 18, 2012 -- SimplyThick, a beverage thickener for people who have trouble swallowing liquids, should not be mixed with breast milk or infant formula and given to babies, the FDA warns. In babies, SimplyThick may raise the risk of a life-threatening condition marked by inflammation and death of

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    9. Parents, Rest Easy About Infant 'Sleep Training'

      Sept. 10, 2012 -- Researchers have reassuring news for parents struggling to get their babies to sleep. Letting infants cry it out using two specific methods won’t cause any lasting psychological harm to your children or to your relationship with them, a new study shows. Researchers compared the lon

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    10. New Policy Supports Choice for Male Circumcision

      Aug. 27, 2012 -- The nation’s pediatricians are changing their stance on male circumcision, again. This time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says they want parents to know that the benefits of the procedure outweigh its small risks. But they stop short of recommending the surgery, which re

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